The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are in essence a set of global best-practices for responsible investment. Rising numbers of institutional investors – from all regions of the world – are embracing them, marking a major advance in mainstream financial markets.


The website says the final Blueprint for Responsible Investment  is "soon to come" (May 2017) and will inform the PRI’s strategic direction and priorities over the next decade. It will identify which recommendations from the consultations and impact evaluation the PRI will take forward, include a high-level implementation plan and timeline and outline how the organisation will measure the success and impact of its work over the next 10 years.

Edit (Sept 2017):

The Blueprint 2017 is now available on the PRI Blueprint microsite and attached to this article. The guiding motto of the Blueprint is "Our aim over the next 10 years is to bring responsible investors together to work towards sustainable markets that contribute to a prosperous world for all."

The Principles for Responsible Investment build on the different angles Environment, Social and Governance factors can impact on a company/organisation:

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Originally launched in April 2006, the principles are summarised as follows:

  1. Incorporate ESG issues into investment analysis and decision-making processes.
  2. Be active owners and incorporate ESG issues into our ownership policies and practices.
  3. Seek appropriate disclosure on ESG issues by the entities in which we invest.
  4. Promote acceptance and implementation of the Principles within the investment industry
  5. Work together to enhance our effectiveness in implementing the Principles
  6. Each report on our activities and progress towards implementing the Principles

Full PRI Introduction can be downloaded here (9p.)

The PRI Website can be accessed here.